MXF files from the Canon C300 and Final Cut Pro

Follow this article to learn the easy way to convert Canon C300 MXF recordings to FCP for editing with timecode and explain the way to keeping multi audio channels.

Featuring a unique Super 35mm Canon CMOS sensor, revolutionary Canon DIGIC DV III Image Processor and 50 Mbps 4:2:2 codec, the EOS C300 provides outstanding cinema quality movie capture. Compact, modular and compatible with Canon's existing line-up of EF and new EF Cinema lenses as well as accessories from third parties, the stunningly simple to operate EOS C300 is designed to please cinematographers for any production large and small, on location or in the studio, from shoestring to Hollywood budgets.



However, it is really annoying that MXF format is not a friendly format for editing and many users will face some importing problems with Final Cut Pro, so if you want to easily edit Canon C300 MXF recordings in Final Cut Pro on Mac, you first need to convert Canon MXF video to FCP compatible format like ProRes 422 codec. This is a common format developed by Apple. ProRes 422 is intended for non-linear editing with Apple Final Cut (Pro). It retains higher quality when you convert MXF to ProRes for FCP. Below are some useful tips for you and you will know how to import and edit Canon C300 to Final Cut Pro (FCP 6, FCP 7 and FCP X) on Mac.


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1.Download Pavtube MXF Converter for Mac. This is excellent software which can help you convert Canon C300 MXF video to ProRes for FCP 6/7 and FCP X with keeping timecode for FCP. Besides, it supports many other formats for output. 


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2.Install and launch the Professional MXF to FCP Converter for Mac, import the MXF video from Canon C300.

3.Choose the best output format for Final Cut Pro. Click on "Format" and choose "Final Cut Pro >>Apple ProRes 422 (*.mov)" format.

4.You can click settings to adjust the output parameters, such as resolution, bitrate and frame rate.

5. You can click edit button to edit MXF video, such as deinterlace, denoise, mute, volume up and crop.

6. Click "Convert" button to start to transcode Canon C300 MXF to Apple ProRes codec. After converting, you can import Canon C300 MXF footage to FCP instantly without rendering.



Now there is a new updated Pavtube iMixMXF for converting multi-track MXF files to multi-track MKV, MP4, MOV for playing back on iDevices and Android tablets; as well as multi-track Apple ProRes for FCP, Premiere Pro and Apple Aperture 3 editing. It is a wonderful tool to preserve all the audio and subtitle tracks from original MXF file. Besides selecting multiple tracks you need, you can also mix the multiple audio tracks into one for output. Go to try it if you are interested in multiple tracks. 

More output formats are supported, you can also read more guides about video importing workflow as below:

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